Following a Weight Loss Diet Can Cause Hair Loss

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Young people are very conscious of their weight. They want to maintain a slim and trim figure, and will go to any extent to keep their weight under check.

Since excess weight is a problem for many, they take recourse to a weight loss diet. But in the process they begin to miss out on essential nutrients for the hair, which results in damage and ultimately hair loss. The condition is called telogen effluvium, in which more hair transit into the resting phase. It is becoming a very common complaint these days as young people resort to sudden changes in diet in order to control weight. The problem has been seen both in men and women. Becoming slim and trim therefore comes with costs if not done properly.

The harm caused by sudden changes in diet may not be obvious immediately: a sudden reduction in essential nutrients will begin to show on the hair only after three months. Thus, very aggressive weight loss programs, including crash diet control courses must be avoided. Such programs deprive the hair of essential nutrients but it takes time for the harm to show. This makes people believe that the hair fall has some other cause.

Also remember that the harm caused by diet changes is permanent, and cannot be corrected by cosmetics. One has therefore to be careful when one embarks on a weight reduction program.

In this article I will describe the steps you need to take to protect your hair while starting a weight loss plan.

Avoid self imposed diet plans: The tendency of many people is to follow self imposed restrictions on diet. As a result they cut down on essential items like green vegetables, essential oils and other nutrients. Ensure that your weight loss plan is administered by a qualified dietician. Share your concerns about your hair so that precautions can be taken. If required, visit a hair expert too and ask about the missing ingredients in your diet plan.

Avoid aggressive weight loss plans: Crash weight control diets and very aggressive plans must be avoided. It is possible that such plans ignore the essential needs of your hair. Ensure that your meals have nourishing elements and reduce your intake gradually. Weight loss can also be introduced slowly by increasing the level of exercise.

Drink enough water: Water keeps the body hydrated. It keeps the moisture balance while also cleaning out toxins from the body. So a diet reduction plan does not mean that water intake should be reduced.

Avoid drastic reduction in weight: Do not go for “magic” plans that reduce your weight drastically. A gradual loss should be aimed at. Losing weight very fast also leads to accumulation of toxins which harms the body in many ways.

Count your calories: Even in a weight loss plan, your body needs energy so adequate calories should be taken, otherwise the body may not get enough energy and hair growth will suffer.

Eat a protein rich diet: Hair growth needs protein, hence eating a protein-rich diet is important.

Weight loss is a good objective, but has to be done scientifically. Only a trained dietician can plan out a meal plan that does not cause harm to your body. Losing hair due to diet control would be a pity, hence my advice is to be careful about it. Some things cannot be done in a hurry, and weight loss is one of them.

About Atul Vashishta

With a long experience in the industry and a profound knowledge of human skin and hair biology, my beauty and hair science offers turn-key solutions to increase hair care and skin care effectiveness. Known as the founder of Kabera Global, the best hair treatment, and skin care clinics in India, I am always happy to provide flexible guidance for a professional skin and hair care routine by my blogs.

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